I served on the Bordelon from June 1951 to February 1953. In the Fall of 1951 Captain Kenneth Hines sent me to Shore Fire Control School at Little Creek when the course was half over. I was tutored by the Marine and Naval Officers after hours for all three weeks to catch up and become certified, even though I was not a graduate.
Luckily we finally had a new CO: CDR Werth, who was the opposite of Hines. The last thing the Bordelon did for Gitmo Refresher Training was go to
Then a storm came up and the ship left for
I had a dress uniform to report in, which was mauled in the boat. We arrived on the ship in the dark as it went to GQ for night bombardment. I was given a rack to sleep in and I shocked the CO and XO when I arrived in the Wardroom for breakfast in the middle of the ocean. I reported to the Stockham in very dirty work clothes after drinking anjeho punches all day with the Atlantic Fleet Chief of Staff.
My records show it took me 6 days to cross the dock from one ship to another. When I returned to Culebra to direct the bombardment for the Stockham two months later, the Marines gave me a big Homecoming Party.
June 1951-Feb 1953
Asst Gunnery Officer